US will push to ensure all Sri Lankans enjoy equal rights

“Sri Lanka’s exciting transformation began in January 2015, when voters gave their mandate to President Sirisena to implement a reform agenda aimed at restoring democracy and human rights, establishing transparent governance, and rooting out corruption,” he said while speaking at the 177th Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He says the Sri Lankan people resoundingly endorsed the reform agenda again last August when they elected a parliamentary coalition committed to democracy, good governance, and economic growth under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The Ambassador said that with its renewed commitment to rule of law, equal administration of justice and economic opportunity for all, the Government of Sri Lanka is moving beyond the acrimony of the past toward a future that is inclusive, just, peaceful, and prosperous. He says the Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is moving ahead with needed constitutional reform, national reconciliation, and fulfilling their United Nations commitments. The United States says it will remain steadfast in its support of efforts to rebuild the economy, advance good governance, and ensure that all Sri Lankans can enjoy equal rights, equal opportunities and the full benefits of post-conflict development and prosperity, regardless of their ethnicity or origins.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap said American relations with Sri Lanka are at an historic high. He says the international community has embraced this positive vision and extended its considerable support, providing enormous dividends for the Sri Lankan people. (Colombo Gazette) read more